Sunday, March 20, 2011

Thrifty Storage

So I've been working towards organizing my pantry for weeks now.   I wanted some really cute storage bins, but I didn't feel like spending the money for the look I was after.


  • Dollar store storage bins
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ribbon
  • Wooden plaques (or something similar but sturdy)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paint
  • Glue gun

I went to the dollar store and got these at $1 each.

Using double sided tape, place a strip in the center of the long sides, and on the corners.

Cut your ribbon to fit around the top of your bin.  Starting with the middle point of your ribbon, stick it to the tape on the front side of your bin,

If your bin has an angular slope like mine, twist the ribbon on the sides of the bin so that it remains flush with the corners.  All the while pressing the ribbon to the tape.  Otherwise it will bunch up.

 To finish it off, place a dollop of glue to the bin where the ends of the ribbon meet.

Take your wooden plaques and paint them with the chalkboard paint.  I found these at Hobby Lobby for two for a dollar.

Using a q-tip and coordinating paint, I repeated the pattern around the edge of my plaques.

Take your plaques and glue them to the front of your bin.  Viola!  

Six bins @ $1.00 ea....$6.00
Two spools of ribbon @ 3.99 ea, 50% off... $2.00
Six plaques at 2 for $1.00...$3.00
Chalkboard Spray Paint ...$7.99

I had all the other materials in my craft closet.

$19.00 total divided by six bins.  That's $3.17 a bin!

You'll see these bins put into action after I finally quit procrastinating cleaning my pantry!


  1. Oh! Good Idea!! Looks cute.... I too, am wanting to do bins in my pantry and get organized, but I do NOT want to shell out tons for uber cute baskets!!

    I wanna see them in action!

    ♥, Tara

    Please Visit Me Back @ FabuLESSly Crafty!

  2. Cute Marcy! Hopefully Matt is not as anal as Andre- he HATES the baskets I put in the pantry- says he can not see anything. Oh well....Men!

  3. Those are cute, now you can come do my pantry! :)

  4. Those are great!!

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  5. omg! this is exactly what i'm working on now (organizing my pantry). i'm totally using this idea. i was headed to the dollar store today to start anyway, but now i'm going for sure. thanks for the cute idea :)

  6. Those turned out SO cute! I need some of those too, I wish we had a hobby lobby around here! I'll have to keep my eyes peeled other places.


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